Saturday, September 7, 2013

Top 5 Lists

Here's the space where we'll be tracking various Top 5's rankings.  I'll update these as I watch them, so the lists are NOT final until all episodes are watched.

Moments.
1. Running across the sand to the sound of God's music.  The Gauntlet (#1)
2. Escape from the attic.  The Prodigal (#2)
3. Revelation of MacGyver's first name.  Good Knight MacGyver (#6)
4. Being saved by Pete in the avalanche.  Out in the Cold (#7)
5. Defusing the bomb with the hockey ticket.  Phoenix Under Siege (#10)
6. Giving the doll to the little girl on the train.  Slow Death (#51)
7. Cruising through the desert, firing a rocket from a Cadillac.  Three for the Road (#16)
8. Meeting his parents on the boat to Heaven.  Passages (#58)
9. Remembering his mother and "ice cream" at Christmas time.  The Madonna (#69)
10. Saving the kids from the well on the Amish farm.   The Outsiders (#23)

Villains.  My criteria is competency.  Who are the toughest villains MacGyver has faced off against?
1. Murdoc.  Serenity (#95), Partners (#22), Obsessed (#17), Cleo Rocks (#14), The Widowmaker (#9), Strictly Business (#8)
2. Piedra.  The Assassin (#54)
3. Dr. Zito.  Lesson in Evil (#19), Deadly Dreams (#18)
4. Glass.  Log Jam (#11)
5. Warden and Sheriff.  Jack in the Box (#30)
Honorable Mentions:
  • Morgana.  Good Knight MacGyver (#6)
  • Victoria James.  Phoenix Under Siege (#10)
  • Bobby Lee.  The 'Hood (#24)
  • Deborah.  Unfinished Business (#79)
  • Hakim and Tarik.  Passages (#58)
  • Curt Neilson.  Nightmares (#71)
  • Yanif.  Cease Fire (#27)
  • Buddy.  Last Stand (#36)
  • Catlin.  The Heist (#52)
  • Erich Von Leer.  Legend of the Holy Rose (#81)
  • Ralph.  The Eraser (#110), Back From The Dead (#109)
  • Chantara.  The Road Not Taken (#47)

Love Interests.  Who would have been MacGyver's best long-term partner were he so inclined?

1. Kate Connelly.  The Gauntlet (#1B), Friends (#103)
2. Karen Miller.  The Endangered (#12)
3. Debra Easton.  The Road Not Taken (#47)
4. Amy Austin.  Flame's End (#122)
5. Susan.  Flame's End (#122) 
Honorable Mentions:
  • Maria.  MacGyver's Women (#113),  The Wall (#53)

MacGyverisms / Escapes
1. Constructing a rocket powered harpoon and a zip line out of parts found in an attic.  The Prodigal (#2)
2. Building a rocket launcher from car parts.  Three for the Road (#16)
3. Flinging a shoe to knock a hairy mask off a water tank and stop the pendulum.  Legend of the Holy Rose (#81)
4. Disappearing by hiding behind a paper wall that looks like a rock.  Murderers' Sky (#26)
5. Escapes from cell and blows up gunpowder lab using hydrogen balloon, lightning, and a kite. Good Knight MacGyver (#6)

Honorable Mentions:
  • Building a plane out of a fan, bamboo sticks, garbage bags, and duct tape.  Legend of the Holy Rose (#81)
  • Hanging out of a speeding car and putting power steering fluid into the brake cylinder.  The Enemy Within (#76)
  • Builds a hot-air balloon from scratch in two hours.  GX-1 (#46)
  • Defuses a bomb with a hockey ticket.  Phoenix Under Siege (#10)
  • Makes a mini-parachute using his bandanna, zipper, and ski pole.  Out in the Cold (#7)
  • Attaches a leaky paint can to bottom of truck.  Blow Out (#28)
  • Using wine glasses of varying capacities to unlock a pitch-sensored safe.  The Heist (#52)
  • Using chocolate bars to stop an acid leak.  Pilot (#65)
  • Building a flying parachute out of a tent, cables and a fan.  The Wasteland (#85)
  • Using a mirror to reflect the sunlight onto a stealth helicopter's sensor and release knockout gas using morse code.  Honest Abe (#135)
  • Uses metal pole and skeleton's hand to release mechanism and escape from torture rack. The 'Hood (#24)
  • Reconstructing human skull out of erasers to look like Penny Parker's Aunt Betty.  The Secret of Parker House (#125)
  • Flinging a shoe to hit a liquid nitrogen tank and propel it towards him.  Obsessed (#17)


Wingmen.  Who would you want by MacGyver's side when the going gets tough? 
1. Luke Chen.  Murderers' Sky (#26)
2. "Earthquake" Toberman.  The Spoilers (#41)
3. Murdoc.  Halloween Knights (#48)
4. Jesse Colton. Second Chance (#127)
5. Earl Dent.  Harry's Will (#120), High Control (#102), Split Decision (#88)
Honorable Mentions:
  • Sean A. Malloy (Sam).  The Stringer (#57)
  • Jack Dalton.  Lost Love (#64) and many others
  • Kate.  Ugly Duckling (#38)
  • Bannister.  The Enemy Within (#76)
  • Diana.  For Love or Money (#106)
  • Enrique.  The Treasure of Manco (#107)
  • Trumbo.  Trumbo's World (#119)
  • Lobo - Off The Wall (#99)
  • Frog Dog - The Coltons (#55)

Top 5 Murdoc "Deaths".
1. Falling off The Widomaker.  The Widowmaker (#9)
2. Falls down a mine shaft.  Strictly Business (#8)
3. Electrocuted and falls into a fire pool.  Cleo Rocks (#14)
4. Blown up in a building demolition zone.  Partners (#22)
5. Drives off a cliff.  Obsessed (#17)

Honorable Mentions:
  • Shot in the shoulder and throws grenade into snake pit.  Halloween Knights (#48)
  • Blown up in a truck.  Partners (#22)

Musical Tunes.  What are the best tracks in the series?  Like if I was making a cd, what music from the show would I include on it?  Some of these tunes are heard in multiple episodes, some of them just once.
1. Running across the sand to the sound of God's music.  The Gauntlet (#1)
2. Escape from the attic.  The Prodigal (#2), Pilot (#65)
3. Instrumental MacGyver.  A sweet, uplifting piano version of the melody that will never fail to bring a tear to your eye.  That is, if you have a soul.  Trumbo's World (#119), Slow Death (#51)
4. Good Knight MacGyver theme.  Good Knight MacGyver (#6)
5. Cruising through the desert, firing a rocket from a Cadillac.  Three for the Road (#16)
6. Phoenix March.  Phoenix Under Siege (#10)
7. Breaking through the barrier.  Pilot (#65)
8. Opening Credits theme song, Season 2.
9. Cosmic MacGyver.  Gold Rush (#89) 23:34, The Battle of Tommy Giordano (#21), The Survivors (#5)
10. MacGyver thinking music.  Pilot (#65), Bushmaster (#32), Pirates (#19)
11. Latin MacGyver.  Bushmaster (#32)
12. Opening gambit.  Thief of Budapest (#34)
13. Minor MacGyver.  We hear this one a lot in the later years when he's thinking or working his way out of a problem.  Off The Wall (#99), Split Decision (#88), Jerico Games (#84), Squeeze Play (67), The Wall (#53), The Black Corsage (#45), Bitter Harvest (#44), The 'Hood (#24), Log Jam (#11), Strictly Business (#8)

Honorable Mentions:
  • End Credits with funky beats, Season 1.  The Enemy Within (#76), Slow Death (#51)
  • The classic MacGyver, first line of the theme slowed down a little - Trumbo's World (#119) 7:50
  • Boat chase - A Prisoner of Conscience (#118)
  • Suspenseful tune with power beats - Twice Stung (#101), The Spoilers (#41), Easy Target (#40)
  • Rooftop Chase - Off The Wall (#99)
  • Western Theme - Serenity (#95)
  • Tough Boys theme - Tough Boys (#90)
  • Electronica - Gold Rush (#89)
  • Training for the Fight - Split Decision (#88)
  • Airplane take-off - Jack of Lies (#82)
  • MacGyver in action - Fraternity of Thieves (#78)
  • Lost Love theme - Lost Love (#64)
  • Passages boat theme - Passages (#58)
  • Father/son theme - The Stringer (#57)
  • Driving into town - Bitter Harvest (#44)
  • Beating Drums - Walking Dead (#43)

Shot Chart.  How many times have MacGyver and Pete been shot?  If you want to understand why this is relevant, read about my childhood game entitled "Dodge the Bullet" which I described in an episode recap (link).

MACGYVER
1. To Be A Man (#112)
2. Back From The Dead (#109)
3. Humanity (#94)
4. Trail of Tears (#93)
5. The Stringer (#57)
6. DOA MacGyver (#50)
7. Brainwashed (#33)
8. Cease Fire (#27)

PETE
1. On a Wing and a Prayer (#114)
2. Nightmares (#71)
3. The Survivors (#5)

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